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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the QNET Wiki?

The Qnet Wiki Knowledge Base is the world's foremost repository of structured knowledge and advice designed to underpin quality and trust in the industrial application of CFD. The QNET Wiki is intended to share the best practice in CFD modelling for all industrial applications. ERCOFTAC members are permitted to access authoritative advice for using state of the art turbulence models for their engineering or physics problems. Click on the following link for more information regarding the QNET-CFD Network.

What does the Wiki contain?

The knowledge base is partitioned into Gold and Silver Domains and are application centred, facilitating the identification of appropriate knowledge and advice for specific industrial purposes. They are organised around;

Application Areas

  • Each Application Area is comprised of Application Challenges (AC) which are realistic industrial test cases used to judge the competency and limitations of CFD for a given Application Area.

Underlying Flow Regimes

  • These are generic, well studied test cases capturing important elements of the key flow physics encountered across the Application Areas.

Categories of Content:

Gold Domain

  • The repository for content that has been carefully checked and therefore satisfies high quality standards. The Gold Domain is restricted to ERCOFTAC members who will be issued with privileged.

Silver Domain

  • The repository for less mature content which is still under discussion and open for improvement. Parts of the Silver Domain are marked as Silver Star red.jpg. This is reserved for content which has matured to levels of quality and significance approaching Gold standard, and made public to serve as examples of the high quality found in the Gold domain. In some cases it will act to invite the addition of new CFD results obtained with alternative models. Both Silver and Silver Star red.jpg are fully in the public domain.

However, the list of all Application (AC) Challenges and Underlying Flow Regimes (UFR), test case articles with their abstracts are in the public domain.

What does each (AC) and (UFR) test case article contain?

Each test case article contains the following group of doucments:

  • A brief abstract of what the test case article contains
  • A detailed description of the problem addressed
  • A description of the test data used
  • The CFD methods used and the results obtained for this case
  • Comparison of CFD results and experimental data
  • Best Practice advice for this type of case
  • Quality Review

Who can access the QNET Wiki?

ERCOFTAC Members are permitted to see all of the articles including Gold, Silver Star red.jpg and Silver standard content. They are allowed to leave comments on each article in the 'discussion' tab for each page.

The public are permitted to see the abstracts for Gold articles and all of the pages for the Silver Star red.jpg and Silver articles. They can also leave comments on the pages in the discussion tab.

What software is used for this wiki?

This web site uses the MediaWiki wiki framework [1]. Wikipedia fans will notice the similar appearance to Wikipedia: this is because MediaWiki powers both (look for the little image in the bottom right hand side of each page...).

What content can I add?

Authors of new content can upload text, images and are provided facilities for editing equations. You can also insert links to other web sites and file repositories.

All content and submissions have to be in Mediawiki Text format. If you wish to submit a word document you will have to convert your word document first, by using a HTML converter, into the desired MediaWiki Text. Once this has been achieved a simple copy and paste is all that is required. To do this firstly load the word doc file into OpenOffice and save it as a HTML file. Next, load the HTML file into a browser and paste the HTML into the web-based converter found here. Select the correct wiki format which must be MediaWiki Text and press the button. Then simply paste the converter output into the wiki editor when making your contribution and clean up by hand.

To insert equations you will need to use LaTex. Examples of how to contribute equations can be found here. Look for more information at the MediaWiki web site if you plan to use equations.

At present data files can only be uploaded by special arrangement with the site administrators. This is still being worked on and we hope to have an improved mechanism for uploading these files soon.

How do I contribute a new article or modify an existing article?

The procedure for entering new content into the Wiki is described here.


All sections of the Knowledge Base can be accessed by clicking on the left hand navigational drop down menu. By pointing the cursor at the links, a roll out drop down menu will appear where further pages relating to the chosen topic will be displayed. If a drop down menu does not appear, simply click on the link and you will go directly to that page.

The content of each AC and UFR test case article are presented in the top navigational strip. Simply click on each tab heading to view and move between the various documents. Note that the heading turns "yellow" once selected.

You will also find the exact same navigational strip at the bottom of each AC and UFR test case article to prevent having to keep scrolling up the page to go to the next document in the particular AC or UFR.

We plan to improve the navigation features over time.

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What are these Semantic Web extensions I hear about?

Click here:

The QNET Wiki and the Semantic Web Discussion Page.

for a further discussion of the Semantic Web and the QNET Wiki.